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The Compass does have 4x4 with a lockable differential
The 2010 Jeep Compass has a broad range of up-to-date features—including some especially innovative ones such as tailgate speakers—though it loses points here because most of the desirable features are added-cost options. There are also some new optional features for the 2010 model, including a remote start system and automatic climate control.
Although standard equipment on this 2010 Jeep omits some of the features found on its peers (such as power windows), it does come with some unconventional items. Edmunds describes the base Jeep Compass as pretty basic, but they point to the MP3 player input jack as a nicety. Motor Trend likes the sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels, which are much more desirable than styled steel wheels or wheel covers that adorn some other base models.
"A flashlight stands ready in the cargo area, and speakers in the rear hatch can fold down to entertain tailgaters," observes Truckin', pointing to two of the unusual features in the Jeep Compass.
Another noteworthy feature in the Jeep Compass is the center console with a split lid, adding storage space for items such as MP3 players or cell phones. Motor Trend describes this feature as "excellent" and says their editor's iPods and Treos fit the area perfectly, but it might not accommodate larger devices such as the BlackBerry. When it comes to options, however, Edmunds is impressed with the Limited model, which includes leather upholstery and seat heaters. This trim level also offers an optional navigation system and automatic climate control system. There are many available options for both the Sport and Limited. Both trim levels can be outfitted with Bluetooth and upgraded audio, which features Boston Acoustic speakers and a speaker bar that can swivel down for tailgate parties.
There are a number of options grouped together, such as the Rallye Group that adds several appearance upgrades to give the Compass a sportier look. There is also a Security Group option that picks up the new-for-2010 remote start system.
The 2010 Jeep Compass has a good—but not great—set of standard features, though its options list is vast.